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    kitchen work station

    My daughter is moving into a new, to her, place. The kitchen is very large and she wants a rolling cutting block/work station. I would like to make it for her. Haven't started looking for plans yet but welcome suggestions of where a good one might be located.
    To satisfy the lazy in me, I'm considering buying a maple workbench ready made for the top. Good/bad idea?
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    you said it, for the lazy in you, if you can get a used thick maple top, maybe just a quick sanding and its ready to go.

    I see maple tops from workbenches and butcher block tables on craigslist, and I noticed some of the prices are just as inexpensive if I purchased the maple myself and made it.(there was a guy selling maple 1.5 inches thick from the old lanes of a bowling alley, some were maple, some were pine, and he was selling them in 10 foot sections)


    have her show you some pictures of what shes looking for, what design.
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    Frank, I must be lazy too, because I'd be looking at pre-made tops if I was making something similar. I haven't checked in a while, but there's a company called Grizzly that used to sell maple benchtops at what I considered a reasonable price, and I suspect they still do. Have you heard of Grizzly? I think you'd like the place.
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    What about the finish on the pre-made top? Will you have to remove and apply food safe finish or leave as is.
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    another vote for premade top..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    What about the finish on the pre-made top? Will you have to remove and apply food safe finish or leave as is.
    I know there are people who disagree, but according to Jeff Jewitt, any modern finish is non-toxic once it's cured. I agree with him, especially if I'm not planning to eat the countertop itself.
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    If you have an Ikea nearby, check out there wooden countertops. I found the prices pretty reasonable, and they are raw wood that you can put any finish you want on them.

    I used them for my standing desk, and actually bought a couple extra for 'future' projects...
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    if you all agree premade top, why not just buy the entire unit, and you dont have build or assemble anything?
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    We all cant be a Levine...

    Why buy lumber S2S? or S4S?

    Why use that fancy store bought plywood?

    Why use a table saw instead of a hand saw?

    Why use an electric planer instead of hand planes?
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 01-28-2013 at 04:04 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    if you all agree premade top, why not just buy the entire unit, and you dont have build or assemble anything?
    For me, the cabinet part would be the challenge and the creative part. The top would just be a big labor intensive (and boring) cutting board. I've already made lots of cutting boards, but not very many cabinets.
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